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OCTOBER 2 NOVEMBER 20 DECEMBER 19 FEBRUARY 19 APRIL 8 JUNE 3

november 20 inextinguishable LAWRENCE GOLAN conductor

JAY CAMPBELL cello

LOCKLAIR

Phoenix for Orchestra (2007) Colorado premiere ELGAR

Cello Concerto NIELSEN

Symphony No. 4 “Inextinguishable”


DEAR FRIENDS, Welcome to tonight’s Denver Philharmonic Orchestra concert! With all the events, theatre, music and festivals that Denver has to offer, we’re honored you are spending your evening with us. We hope to create a wonderful memory and feeling that stays with you long after the music has ended, and sometimes even before the music has begun. Thanks for joining us tonight — have a safe and

Tonight, I’ll be thinking about wise words from Henry David

happy Thanksgiving!

Thoreau, who said, “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” Thoreau must have been to a DPO concert! Listening to our passionate musicians fill this hall with music, we hope that you “see no foe,” but instead find opportunities to meet your neighbors, mingle with musicians, and take part in the community offerings hosted by the DPO all season long! Please, sit back, relax, silence (but do not put away) your phone and experience the music! If you have any questions, or would like to share your personal DPO story, please feel free to talk with us: look for anyone with a blue name tag, or come and find me — we love getting to know all of you, and hope you will continue to make the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra a part of your story now and in the future! Sincerely,

Jon Olafson President of the Board, DPO

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2015–16 season. OCTOBER 2 NATURE’S REALM

FEBRUARY 19 SMASH HITS!

LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor and violin

LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor STEVEN LIN, piano

VIVALDI   “Autumn” from The ˇ ÁK   In Nature’s Realm DVOR

Four Seasons

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini STRAVINSKY   The Firebird Suite MOZART  

TCHAIKOVSKY  

The Tempest; Fantasy-Overture, Op. 18 SIBELIUS   Symphony No. 5

RACHMANINOFF  

NOVEMBER 20 INEXTINGUISHABLE

APRIL 8 THE ONE RING

LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor JAY CAMPBELL, cello Phoenix for Orchestra (Colorado premiere) ELGAR   Cello Concerto NIELSEN   Symphony No. 4 “Inextinguishable” LOCKLAIR  

DECEMBER 19 HOLIDAY CHEER! SCOTT O’NEIL, guest conductor SYDNEY HARPER, soprano and featuring COLORADO REPERTORY SINGERS, KYLE FLEMING, artistic director Holiday favorites including: Excerpts from “Christmas Concerto” Selections from Messiah TCHAIKOVSKY   Selections from The Nutcracker CORELLI   HANDEL  

FEATURING THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN, guest conductor AARON WILLE, flute Les Franc-Juges (Judges of the Secret Court) Suite Modale DE MEIJ, ORCH. VLIEGER   Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings” BERLIOZ   BLOCH  

JUNE 3 EUROTRIP LAWRENCE GOLAN, conductor Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust The Moldau STRAUSS JR.   On the Beautiful Blue Danube FRANCK   Symphony in D Minor BERLIOZ  

SMETANA  

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 INEXTINGUISHABLE KPOF Hall · Denver, Colorado · 7:30 pm

Lawrence Golan, conductor Jay Campbell, cello Dan Locklair b. 1949

Phoenix for Orchestra Colorado Premiere!

Edward Elgar

Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 (1857 – 1934) featuring Jay Campbell I. Adagio – Moderato

II. Lento – Allegro molto III. Adagio IV.Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio

∙ 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ∙ Carl Nielsen

Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” I. Allegro (1865 – 1931)

II. Poco allegretto III. Poco adagio quasi andante IV. Allegro

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LAWRENCE GOLAN MUSIC DIRECTOR, CONDUCTOR AND VIOLIN The 2015–16 Season marks Lawrence’s third season as music director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. In high demand across the United States and internationally, Lawrence is also currently Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state, the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Opera Theatre at the University of Denver. In addition, he is the Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic in South Korea. Lawrence continues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and around the world. He has conducted in 26 states and 17 countries. Lawrence has garnered considerable international recognition for his work as a conductor. He has won 10 ASCAP Awards, five Global Music Awards, three American Prize awards, three Downbeat Magazine Awards, and two Prestige Music Awards. Following a highly successful four-year term as Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony, Music Director Michael Christie said that Lawrence “is a programmer of virtually unprecedented creativity and scope.” That sentiment was confirmed in 2012 when Lawrence was named the Grand Prize Winner of The American Prize for Orchestral Programming.

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Lawrence is known for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, passion for developing new audiences, and excellent public speaking skills—entertaining and educating the audience from both on and off the podium. He is also recognized for his expertise in the complete spectrum of musical styles and periods. He has worked with artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, Daniel Barenboim and Joshua Bell to Frank Sinatra, Kenny G and ShaNaNa. A native of Chicago, Lawrence holds degrees in both conducting and violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). In addition, he studied at all of the major conducting festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been married since 2003. They have two wonderful children: Giovanna and Joseph. Lawrence is represented by William Reinert Associates in New York. For more information, please visit LawrenceGolan.com or WilliamReinert.com.

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S. MORDECAI FUHRMAN ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR Conductor, percussionist, timpanist, and arranger, Samuel Mordecai Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Samuel has performed with and conducted Wilmington Get out your phone and

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Samuel received his undergraduate degree in music in percussion/timpani at the University of Delaware. In 2007, he won the University of Delaware Concerto Competition, performing Eric Bryce’s Concerto for Marimba / Vibraphone and Orchestra with the University of Delaware Symphony. Samuel studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he led multiple performances and received a Master of Music degree in 2014. In August 2013, Samuel led members of Kiev Chamber Orchestra and National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring as part of the U Artist Music Festival. In addition to music, Samuel enjoys studying and contemplating cosmology and the evolution of the universe with his wife, Emily. This is his second season as associate conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.

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TWEET YOUR HEART OUT During the concert, we live-tweet photos, facts and tidbits about the music you’re listening to. Follow along, share and interact with us and other concert-goers on Twitter.

A FEW RULES… • PHONES ON — SOUND OFF! We know you want to participate, but let’s leave the music to the pros • ALL THUMBS Tweet tweet tweet all the

night through, but remember, no talking during the concert

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JAY CAMPBELL CELLO Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” American cellist Jay Campbell has already forged a reputation as a spellbinding artist. Combining eclectic musical interests and a diverse spectrum of repertoire, he has collaborated with musicians ranging from Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, David Lang and John Zorn, to members of Radiohead and Einstürzende Neubauten. Recent highlights include debuts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, and the Alabama Symphony. Jay has premiered nearly 100 works to date, including concertos by Chris Rogerson and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Co-commissioned by the Human Rights Foundation, a new cello concerto, Genus and Species, is being written for Jay by American composer David Fulmer. His close association with John Zorn has resulted in more than a half-dozen new works for cello. Hen to Pan, a feature disc with all new compositions written for him by Zorn, was released in February 2015; one of the works, “The Aristos: Ten Metaphysical Ambiguities,” has been named finalist for the Pulitzer. Recipient of awards from the BMI and ASCAP foundation, Jay is also the First Prize winner of the 2012 Concert Artist Guild auditions. Born in Berkeley, California, he is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at The Juilliard School studying with celebrated cellist Fred Sherry.

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OUR HISTORY We may be one of Denver’s oldest orchestras, but we certainly don’t act our age. Dr. Antonia Brico, the first woman to con-

change came in 2004, and we became

duct the Berlin and New York Philharmonic

the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Horst

Orchestras, founded our organization

served as music director and conductor

in 1948 as the Denver Businessmen’s

through 2009, after which he was appoint-

Orchestra. Antonia settled in Denver

ed the orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.

after conducting professional orchestras across Europe and the U.S. She debuted

Adam Flatt came onboard as music

our orchestra to a packed auditorium

director in June 2010. Adam’s dynamic

explaining the need for a classical music

and inspiring leadership over the next

venue to showcase the talents of local,

three years continued Horst’s legacy and

classically trained musicians “with no place

further increased the artistic quality of the

to play.” Twenty years later, we’d be known

orchestra.

as the Brico Symphony, and Antonia would remain at the helm of the orchestra until

We selected award-winning conductor

her retirement in the mid-1980s.

Dr. Lawrence Golan as our conductor and music director when Adam departed in

After nearly 40 years under Antonia’s

2013. Lawrence, a professor and music

baton, the orchestra chose Russian-

director at the University of Denver’s

American conductor Julius Glaihengauz

Lamont School of Music, continues to pro-

as its second music director. A graduate of

duce innovative and quality programming,

the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow,

challenging our musicians and delighting

Julius led the newly renamed Centennial

our audiences.

Philharmonic for 11 seasons. And while we have a 68-year history in In 1999, Professor of Music at the

Denver, our mission is to continually rede-

University of Denver Dr. Horst Buchholz

fine the way our community experiences

took the baton. Our most recent name

and engages with classical music.

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MORE THAN Attending a concert with us goes beyond an evening of high-caliber classical music. We have a lot of fun at our concerts — we live-tweet performances, hold lively pre-concert chats, and we’ve mingled over great eats at food truck tailgates, hiked South Table Mountain in Golden, sipped local wine, welcomed over 80 students from El Sistema Colorado as our opening act, hosted Valentine’s Day photo booths, enjoyed handmade truffles, brought in an instrument petting zoo, partnered with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to bring the Gates Planetarium (and the entire universe) into the hall, and more!

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for upcoming concerts —

HOLIDAY CHEER!

SMASH HITS!

DECEMBER 19, 2015

FEBRUARY 19, 2016

DYAO PRELUDE, PRECONCERT

PRECONCERT CHAT, 6:30PM

Arrive early to get into the mood with holiday music from Noteworthy String Quartet, a group of four musicians from the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Join Associate Conductor S. Mordecai Fuhrman for an informal preconcert chat that will give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to.

BAKE SALE, POSTCONCERT

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO, 6:50–7:15PM

Enjoy homemade treats at our annual bake sale after Holiday Cheer!

Honk! Buzz! Toot! Find out about the different orchestra instruments. Pick up a trombone or a violin and give it a go! Fun for kids of any age!

RECEPTION, POSTCONCERT Say hello! Come downstairs after the concert for refreshments, meet the soloists, buy a t-shirt — and have fun!

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MUSIC.

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OUR MUSICIANS MUSIC DIRECTOR Lawrence Golan

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR S. Mordecai Fuhrman

FIRST VIOLIN

VIOLA

William Hinkie, principal Lori Hanson Lindsay Hayes Ben Luey Kathleen Torkko Anita Zerbe

Katherine Thayer, concertmaster Allison Kim, associate concertmaster Patsy Aronstein Melissa Campbell Matt Grove Thomas Jatko Tenley Mueller Kristine Pordesimo Emmy Reid Beth Schoening Vanessa Vari Elizabeth Wall

CELLO

SECOND VIOLIN

Mark Stefaniw, principal Zach Antonio Ozzie Backus Lucy Bauer Josh Filley Taryn Galow Colton Kelly Jordan Walters, student intern

Yiran Li, principal Niccolo Werner Casewit Valerie Clausen Christina Colalancia Terri Gonzales Miki Heine Annie Laury Callista Medland Alyssa Oland Albert Ting

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Bryan Scafuri, principal Naftari Burns Kyle Laney Anna Psitos Monica Sáles Amanda Thall Rachel Warbelow Rachel Yanovitch Tara Yoder

BASS

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FLUTE

TRUMPET

OBOE

TROMBONE

CLARINET

BASS TROMBONE

Aaron Wille, principal Whitney Kelley Catherine Ricca Lanzano

Kimberly Brody, principal Loren Meaux, assistant principal Alexis Junker

Shaun Burley, principal Jessica Clark Claude Wilbur

BASSOON

Ken Greenwald, principal Nicholas Lengyel

CONTRABASSOON Leigh Townsend

FRENCH HORN

Kelli Hirsch, acting principal Jeanine Branting Mary Brauer Robyn Chauvin

Ryan Spencer, prinicpal Ariel Van Dam Ryan Stutzman

William Combs, principal Trevor Moore Wallace Orr

Daniel Morris

TUBA

Michael McLean

TIMAPNI

Steve Bulota, prinicpal Ross Coons

PERCUSSION Ross Coons Joey Glassman

HARP

Rebecca Moritzky

ORGAN

Ani Gyulamiryan

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OUR TEAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT Jon Olafson VICE-PRESIDENT Eleanor Glover SECRETARY Linda Lebsack TREASURER Allison Lausten Pauline Dallenbach, Honorary Member Dr. Robert Dallenbach Alixandra Feeley Sarah Hogan Russell Klein Maureen Keil Matt Meier Tenley Oldak

DENVER PHILHARMONIC FOUNDATION BOARD Keith Fisher Russell Klein Allison Lausten

MUSIC LIBRARIAN Callista Medland Alyssa Oland, assistant

CONCERT PROGRAM

Ligature Creative Group, design Walker Burns, editing Alixandra Feeley, editing María Angélica Lasso, Spanish translation Callista Medland, editing Leigh Townsend, concert notes

CONCERT RECORDING Joel Dallenbach Kyle Smith, advisor

WEBMASTER

Ligature Creative Group

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EMBEDDED REPORTER

OPERATIONS MANAGER

PUBLICITY & DEVELOPMENT

Valerie Clausen

Alixandra Feeley

PERSONNEL MANAGER Annie Laury

STAGE MANAGERS Taryn Galow Loren Meaux

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Julia Compton Meg Satrom, editor

Niccolo Casewit Dr. Robert Dallenbach Stephanie Gillman, photographer Eleanor Glover Kelli Hirsch Ali McNally Matt Meier Jeff Paul David Sherman

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OUTREACH Tenley Oldak Katherine Thayer David Wallace

DATA WRANGLER

RECEPTION Gil Clausen Allison Lausten

VENUE LOGISTICS

Callista Medland

Brian McGuire Roger Powell

BOX OFFICE

PARKING ADVISORS

Carla Cody Sarah Hogan Venus Klein Annie Laury Allison Lausten Jon Olafson

FRONT OF HOUSE

Matt Hogan Linda Lebsack Hugh Pitcher

MORE THAN MUSIC PARTNERS Denver Fire Department

Gil Clausen Cris Diaz, habla español Eleanor Glover Maureen Keil Russell Klein María Angélica Lasso, habla español Linda Lebsack Ali McNally

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Our orchestra is run by volunteers, with no paid administrative staff. We would greatly appreciate help from more volunteers in the areas of publicity, fundraising, concert production, receptions, personnel, and outreach. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, please contact Executive Director Valerie Clausen at 303.653.2407 or email at vclausen@denverphilharmonic.org.

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PRESS PLAY!

The latest episode in our “Playing Out” webseries, Playing Out with Jay Campbell, premiered this week on YouTube.com/DenverPhilharmonic. “Playing Out” takes soloists and guest

“Playing Out” is created in part by

artists out on the town performing in and

local filmmaker David Sherman. David

around Denver. Watch pianist Fei-Fei

specializes in arts marketing, media

Dong play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

literacy and education.

on a 16th Street Mall piano, or see Music Director and October soloist Lawrence Golan in the serene Denver Botanic Gardens with Vivaldi’s “Autumn.”

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NOVEMBER 20 ∙ INEXTINGUISHABLE by LEIGH TOWNSEND

Phoenix for Orchestra Dan Locklair  (b. 1949) Working from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dr. Dan Locklair is a composer and educator currently serving as Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. In an article from 2007, Locklair describes the origin and evolution, as well as some listening notes, of Phoenix for Orchestra: Dr. Locklair, perhaps most known for his

Phoenix for Orchestra began its life as a three-minute

sacred music, was a

fanfare entitled, Phoenix Fanfare. It was commissioned in

professional organist by

1979 … for the 3 February 1980 reopening and dedication

age 14. Duration: 10 minutes

of Union’s renovated James Memorial Chapel. Since the Chapel had been virtually gutted and rebuilt, a title evoking the mythological bird that rose from the ashes seemed most appropriate. From the beginning, the piece was conceived as an antiphonal composition, with the original brass sextet placed in a rear balcony, while the organ and percussion were located in the front of James Chapel. … In the autumn of 2006, Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director, Robert Moody, heard a concert performance of the  23


original version of Phoenix Fanfare

include the entire orchestra, which

and Processional and, soon afterwards,

eventually leads to the composition’s

phoned to ask if I would consider

processional-like main section. The

creating a version of it for orchestra.

primary, stately melodic material is

… I then agreed to transcribe the work

first presented by the strings alone,

for orchestra, with work on the piece

then handed over to the antiphonal

spanning December 2006 to early

brass quartet just before all forces

March 2007. … Phoenix for Orchestra

join together as the section regally

is warmly dedicated to the Winston-

builds. After a large climax is reached,

Salem Symphony and its conductor,

a contrasting and delicately colored

Robert Moody.

middle section for the orchestra alone emerges. After this section reaches its

Phoenix for Orchestra is approximately

zenith, a variant of the opening fanfare

ten minutes in length. As in the original

section between the antiphonal brass

Phoenix Fanfare, an antiphonal brass

and orchestral brass emerges. This

ensemble (here two trumpets and

section leads to a return of the primary

two trombones) is a vital part of the

processional-like section of the piece

composition, with this ensemble being

and, ultimately, to the piece’s majestic

placed either in the rear or to both

conclusion.1

sides of the performance space. … As the opening bars progress, the activity of this dialoguing quickly grows to

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Locklair, D. (2007, May). Phoenix for Orchestra. Retrieved November 3, 2015, www.locklair.com

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Cello Concerto in E Minor Edward Elgar  (1857 – 1934) Sir Edward Elgar felt himself to be an outsider. A Roman Catholic in Protestant England; a self-taught composer in academically dominated music circles: he struggled to find success, but persevered to eventually rise to acclaim.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER Elgar was one of the first composers to take advantage of the early gramophone recording

Born near Worcester, England in 1857, Edward Elgar received much of his early music training from his father who worked as a piano technician and shopkeeper selling sheet music and

technology. He recorded

instruments. Despite never receiving formal composition train-

the cello concerto in 1920.

ing, he developed masterly and unconventional techniques in composition and orchestration. Elgar continually jotted down

Duration: 30 minutes

short themes and phrases, which he’d then scrap together into a larger composition. Over time, his orchestral skills improved greatly, providing finessed technique to support the creative genius elemental to his early works.

ABOUT THE MUSIC Elgar’s Cello Concerto, written in 1919, was influenced by his desire for a return to simplicity as contemporary music trended towards the modernism of Stravinsky and Hindemith. Elgar was ever true to his roots — using a beautiful melody above all else. The four-movement work opens slowly: an almost improvisatory solo cello part gives way to winds and strings, ebbing and flowing alongside the cello, and building in trajectory to the first full statement of the main theme by the entire ensemble, while the cello climbs into the stratosphere.

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The first movement ends as quietly as

movement, perhaps with even more

it began and proceeds directly into the

poignancy.

second, jauntier, movement. The bouncing accompaniment of the orchestra perfectly

The final movement begins with a

frames the virtuosic cello, alternately soar-

suggestion of the first theme, but is inter-

ing and moving blisteringly fast through

rupted by the solo cello. In brilliant Elgar

the high register of the instrument.

style, the natural exuberance and joy of both orchestra and soloist are tempered

The third movement, again slow, is a

by introspection and melancholy interjec-

continuous lamenting solo for the cello.

tions. This longest of the four movements

It echoes the longing themes of the first

ends abruptly.

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SUNDAY CLASSICAL MUSIC 7:00 – 10:00 PM KPOF — 910 AM

Tune in to radio station KPOF (AM 910) from 7 – 10 pm on Sunday, November 29 for an encore of tonight’s Denver Philharmonic performance! Our Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges the vital contributions made by the Pillar of Fire Ministries / KPOF 910 AM to our orchestra and Denver’s classical music community. Over the past five decades, the Pillar of Fire Church has generously accommodated our orchestra rehearsals and many performances. Since 1963, Dr. Robert B. Dallenbach, and more recently his son, Joel Dallenbach, have meticulously recorded and broadcast all of the orchestra’s concerts.

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Symphony No. 4: “The Inextinguishable” Carl Nielsen  (1865 – 1931) Carl Nielsen metaphorically rose from the ashes many times in his life.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER Born into a large, impoverished family in Denmark, Carl gravitated towards music. In his autobiography, he wrote, “I had heard music before, heard father play the violin and cornet, heard mother singing, and, when in bed with the measles, I had tried myself out on the little violin”.2 Music is Life, and, like it, Inextinguishable.

Yet, his musical career almost didn’t happen. His parents decided he should apprentice as a cobbler, but the shop went bankrupt, and he returned home. Having learned to play brass

Duration: 36 minutes

instruments, he joined the 16th Battalion army band. Despite these potential hurdles along the way to a career in music, he continued to practice and perform violin in his free time and began studying with an instructor in 1881. After his release from the military in 1884, he enrolled at Copenhagen Conservatory. By 1889, his skills markedly improved through his dedication and training, and he was hired by the Royal Theater Orchestra as a section second violinist. He held the post

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for 16 years, although his career aspirations

solo cello and the three flutes, followed by

were always higher.

the three clarinets, leading in ascending scales from violas and muted second vio-

Only one year later, in 1890, he was

lins, to a passage in which the strings and

awarded a scholarship that allowed him to

woodwinds are happily joined.

travel throughout Europe seeking artistic inspiration, which he found in Anne Marie

Nevertheless, the harmonic ambiguity con-

Brodersen. She was a truly modern wom-

tinues, and the instability is unquestion-

an, also from Denmark but studying sculp-

able from the opening in D minor/major to

ture and art in Paris. The two fell madly in

the end in E major. An exultant passage for

love and married almost immediately.

full orchestra, marked pesante e glorioso is followed by the introduction of a new

Carl Nielsen is recognized as Denmark’s

rhythmic element: a leaping phrase heard

greatest composer.

first from the flute. The music continues in

ABOUT THE MUSIC The title of the Fourth Symphony, “The

a traditional 3-part form, with a return of the initial material to mark the beginning of a triumphant recapitulation section.

Inextinguishable,� was chosen to express what Nielsen saw as the elemental will

The violins introduce the third movement

of life explaining that music, like life, is

with a strong and definitive melodic line,

inextinguishable. The symphony should be

seemingly striving towards the eventual

understood in these terms, rather than the

key of E major. This intense music is

presence of specific programmatic elements.

joined to the final movement by a rapid change of mood. Before the last fast sec-

The symphony is scored for large wood-

tion, the strings come to a sudden rest,

wind and brass sections, with a double set

and there is a movement of struggle and

of timpani set opposite each other as if

conflict as the timpani battle it out. The

to battle. Nielsen was attempting a more

opposing forces are eventually resolved;

modern style to embody the fractured

proclaiming music and the will to live as

continuity of Denmark in 1916 and his own

inextinguishable, although contemporary

soul at that moment.

events in Europe might too easily have suggested only despair.

The first of the four linked movements opens forcefully, yet ambiguous in tonal center. All grows quieter with a passage for

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CONCERT ETIQUETT If you are attending your first (or 300th) classical music concert, below are some frequently asked questions to help make your experience more enjoyable.

BE COMFORTABLE

APPLAUSE 101

There’s no dress code. From jeans to

In earlier times, audiences would routinely

suits, you’ll see it all! Wear what you’d

applaud between movements to show

like — you’ll fit in. We love you just the

their joy for the music they just heard.

way you are.

Then around the mid-19th century, it

COUGHING Ahem… Try to ‘bury’ your cough in a loud

became tradition to wait until the end of the piece to clap, with the audience sitting silent between movements.

passage of music. If you can’t, or you begin to cough a lot, don’t worry — it’s

At the DPO, we welcome both traditions.

perfectly acceptable and appropriate to

If you prefer to wait for the end of a piece

quietly exit the concert hall. Remember to

to clap, please do. Some movements are

unwrap cough drops before the concert so

fiery and end in such a flare that you may

you don’t create crackling noises.

feel compelled to clap — go for it! After a quiet movement, you may want to enjoy

CRY ROOM Child feelin’ fidgety? We have a designated cry room at the back of the hall on the right side of the main level (as you enter the hall). The room is marked with a sign.

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the feeling of transfixion and wait; there’s no need to applaud if you’re not feelin’ it. Regardless, we want you to feel comfortable and focus on the performance, not confusing applause rules!

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E SIT TIGHT

SOCIAL MEDIA

The rumors are true — we’re pretty

Feel free to tweet, post to Facebook or

informal. But we do ask that you sit tight

take photos without flash. Upload your

and quiet during the performance and

pics and comments online — and be sure

only get up between pieces or during in-

to tag us! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and

termission as to not distract the musicians

Instagram @denverphilorch #dpotweets

or concert-goers around you.

PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

HAVE FUN! Rules, rules, rules — we know, it can be

You’re welcome to bring a water bottle

overwhelming. The most important rule of

into the hall, but remember “Trail Rules”

all is to have fun and enjoy yourself. And

— pack it in, pack it out. (This goes for

then tell all your friends and come back

trash too!)

again and again!

ELECTRONICS Please turn the sound off on your cell phones, pagers, and any other noisemaking device, including vibrate mode.

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ORCHESTRA SPOTLIG Who are the hard-working men and women behind those music stands? Get to know your orchestra! Each concert, we spotlight a few of our talented musicians here in the program. Tonight, meet Patsy, Steve, Melissa, Lori, Kyle and Claude — PATSY ARONSTEIN FIRST VIOLIN

University of Colorado as an adjunct professor and teaching assistant respectively.

FIFTH DPO SEASON. Patsy started violin lessons in fourth grade and has played

The past 11 years, she has been a member

ever since — well, you can try to do the

of Friends of Chamber Music’s Board and

math. As a young adult, Patsy studied with

served as President of the Board for three

Harold Wippler here in Denver, played in

years. She is an avid tennis player, skier

the Colorado Springs Symphony when she

and enjoys traveling. Patsy also enjoys

was a student at Colorado College and later

playing chamber music with friends and

joined the Arapahoe Philharmonic where she

is partial to the repertoire for piano trio.

played for 27 years.

Patsy and her husband, Jim, have three sons, Will, Tyler and Reid, and a handsome

Patsy received her B.A. in French from

golden retriever, Champ. She’s a true

Colorado College in 1980 and a Master’s

Francophile right down to the violin and

degree in French Literature from the

bow that she is playing with tonight!

University of Colorado in 1985. Now retired, she taught high school French at

STEVE BULOTA

Colorado Academy for the majority of her

TIMPANI

career, but spent several years teaching

TWENTY-SIXTH DPO SEASON. Steve

at the University of Denver and the

received his first musical instruction in

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HT piano and theory from his grandmother

Since moving to Colorado in 1980,

at an early age. In sixth grade, he began

he’s played with the Aurora Symphony,

taking drum lessons and started playing

Lakewood Symphony, Littleton

timpani in high school at the suggestion

Symphony, Brico Symphony, Denver

of his band director. Steve taught himself

Concert Band, and he is the current tim-

how to play the accordion in 1981.

panist of the Colorado Wind Ensemble.

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He has a B.S. in Music Education from

MELISSA CAMPBELL

the University of Connecticut and an

FIRST VIOLIN

AOS in Electronics Technology from the

SECOND DPO SEASON. Melissa began

Electronic Technical Institute of Denver.

her college education at Colorado State University studying violin with Dr. Ron

Steve works as a Customer Support

Francois before becoming a full time wife

Technician for Micro Motion in Boulder.

and mother. She in currently attending

Fluent in Lithuanian, he serves on the

school again to become a real estate

Board of the Lithuanian-American

broker, and is also working towards a dual

Community of Colorado and is the editor

degree in violin performance and business

of their bilingual newsletter. He enjoys

finance.

photography and has been a transit buff for many years. As a native of South Bend,

Melissa began playing the violin at the age

Indiana, Steve’s an avid Notre Dame

of 5 and was trained in the Suzuki method

football fan.

in Placerville, California. While living there she was one of the youngest members

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of the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Her

days to being a full-time wife and mom.

family moved to Fort Collins when she was

After a few years of just playing violin in

13, and she spent time as concertmaster of

church, she joined the Loveland Symphony

her junior high and high school orchestras.

Orchestra in the fall of 2013. Following one

She was the concertmaster and a scholar-

season with them, her husband Michael

ship recipient at the CSU summer music

was relocated south of Denver for work.

camp, as well as a NOCO string quartet scholarship recipient. She was also a part

Melissa’s primary “day job” is staying

of Western States Honor Orchestra and All

home their three kids Dillon, 8; Cade, 6;

State Orchestra throughout high school.

and Ellise, 4. She also wakes up early and delivers newspapers so she can continue

Melissa began her college career at

to raise their children during the day and

Colorado State University and played in

be able to continue her education in

the Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras

the evening. She has also always had a

as well as quartets. After marrying her

passion for teaching and currently has two

high school sweetheart, she devoted her

violin students.

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Melissa comes from a very musical

Architecture and Urban Design in

family. Her mom has a Master’s in Music

Lawrence, Kansas. She began playing vio-

Education and has taught in schools

la in fourth grade after seeing a presenta-

and churches throughout California and

tion of instruments from the school music

Colorado. Her dad is an architect by day

teachers. She selected the viola because

and an opera singer by night who has also

no one else did!

been in many church choirs. It’s pretty easy to see where Melissa developed a love of

Lori played in school orchestra all the

music at such a young age!

way through high school. She was also a member of the Colorado Springs Youth

Her family is really into sports: their oldest

Symphony and played with the Colorado

son loves to swim; their youngest son

College Chamber Orchestra during high

enjoys playing soccer; and their daughter

school. Lori continued viola in college

likes to spend her days dancing. They like

at the University of Kansas studying with

to ski, hike, and spend time at the library.

Dr. Michael Kimber and also performed

But most of all, the whole family bleeds

with the University of Kansas Symphony

orange and blue! Go Broncos!

Orchestra under the direction of the

LORI HANSON VIOLA

late Brian Priestman (former Denver Symphony Orchestra conductor). As part of the university orchestra she performed

SECOND DPO SEASON. Lori has

in several pit orchestras for the University

a Bachelor of Architecture from

Opera, Theater, Choir and Dance

the University of Kansas School of

Company.

2014/2015 Concert Season Friday, October 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Friday, February 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Günther Stegmüller, guest conductor Linda Wang, violin

Jason Shafer, clarinet

water

Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 2:30 pm (FREE Children’s Concert)

oh, the music you’ll hear! Friday, December 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm

a lso family christmas

wind

Friday, April 1, 2016 | 7:30 pm

fire

Matthew Zalkind, cello

Friday, May 13, 2016 | 7:30 pm

earth

Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano

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After graduation, Lori moved to Denver

KYLE LANEY

and performed as principal violist with the

CELLO

Aurora Symphony Orchestra for 12 sea-

FIRST DPO SEASON. Kyle has played

sons. She was also a member of the ASO

cello since he was 5 years old. He also

String Quartet, and performed with the

played the piano for a couple years.

John Adams Band for several concerts. He performed with in the Metropolitan Lori is a registered architect in Colorado

Symphony Youth Orchestra and Buckhead

and Senior Associate at Eidos Architects,

Youth Symphony Orchestra throughout

PC, a commercial design firm specializing

middle school and ninth grade, Atlanta

in religious, education, office & municipal

Symphony Youth Orchestra in high

projects.

school, Frost Symphony and Henry Mancini Institute Orchestras at the

She’s in her 15th season as a volunteer

University of Miami, Brevard Symphony

with patron services for the Denver

Orchestra, Interlochen Symphony

Center Theater Company, and enjoys

Orchestra, and a number of other or-

traveling, biking and hiking the mountains

chestras at music festivals. Kyle also has

around Colorado.

extensive chamber music experience.

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Kyle earned a Bachelor of Music degree

CLAUDE G. WILBUR

from the University of Miami with a

CLARINET/BASS CLARINET

minor in Business Administration. Kyle

TWELFTH DPO SEASON. Claude has

currently works as an Emergency Medical

played with Denver Concert Band,

Technician. He’s starting a professional

Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver

string quartet, The Highland String

Municipal Band, Colorado Springs

Quartet. He also plans to become a

Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony,

Physician Assistant or an Occupational

Cheyenne Symphony, Boulder

Therapist and will take classes at UC

Philharmonic, Boulder Ballet, Fort Collins

Denver starting Spring 2016.

Ballet and various small ensembles. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Chapman

With a father who is a business litigator, a

College, a Master’s Degree in Music from

mother who’s a CPA, and an older brother

Michigan State University and has done

who’s a third-year student in medical

post-graduate work at UCD.

school, Kyle says he has a lot to live up to. Claude studied Chinese with a language Kyle enjoys learning about preventative

immersion program at Three Gorges

medicine, doing CrossFit and many other

University. Claude makes his living as a

sports, and being outdoors.

software engineer.

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THANK YOU! We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following individuals, businesses and corporations.

ORCHESTRA CIRCLE ($20,000+)

BENEFACTOR 

($300 – $499)

CoBank on behalf of Brian Lucius

Valerie & Gil Clausen

CONDUCTOR CIRCLE ($5,000+)

Susan Cochran Russell Klein Drs. Mark & Maxine Rossman

CONTRIBUTOR 

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($100 – $299)

Anonymous Kathi Rose Agnes Penny Alles TATE+BURNS Architects LLC Donna & Pierre Bastien

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Norman Mueller & Christine Murphy

Xcel Energy

Brenda & Peter Oldak Sandra Rothenberg

PATRON 

($500 – $999)

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december 19 holiday cheer! AN ANNUAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRADITION, Holiday Cheer! has a little something for everyone. Kyle Fleming and the Colorado Repertory Singers again join the Denver Philharmonic for a second artistic collaboration. Soprano Sydney Harper sings your holiday favorites and a world premiere arranged by guest conductor and former Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Scott O’Neil.

SCOTT O’NEIL guest conductor

SYDNEY HARPER soprano

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